Woodward, Okla. — Violet Marie Stricker, 96, of Woodward, Oklahoma went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 1, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Violet Marie was born on December 31, 1916, to Otis G. and Mary Pearl Blann, on their farm west of Woodward, Oklahoma. She moved with her family to Cheyenne, Oklahoma, and then returned and attended Fargo High School.
On June 15, 1935, she married Oliver Stricker, also of Fargo. They lived in Woodward until 1941, when they moved to San Diego, California. While Oliver was serving as a Marine in WWII, Violet worked in an aircraft factory painting military planes. She was very proud of her contribution to the war effort and talked about it often. In 1950, they celebrated the birth of their first and only child, Joyce. They returned to Woodward, Oklahoma in 1959, where they began Stricker Motors and later opened S&S Family Recreation Center.
She was a an accomplished seamstress and put her talent to work for a few years at Trego’s Western Wear. Later, after Joyce graduated from high school, Violet worked at Wag-A-Bag at 15th and Oklahoma where she enjoyed seeing and serving customers. In 1985, she and Oliver celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary shortly before his death in November.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Woodward and was active in the UMW Phoebe Circle. She also participated in Delta Sorosis, the Woodward County Demonstration Club, and she volunteered as a “Pink Lady”, later known as the Woodward Regional Hospital Auxiliary, at the Woodward Hospital where she accumulated over 5000 hours of service. She was an avid and competitive card player and in later years enjoyed many activities at the Senior Citizens Center in Woodward. She was a loving mother and grandmother who always made time for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, her twin sister, Viola Burns, and her husband, Oliver. She is survived by her daughter Joyce Haines and husband, Tim of Lexington, Oklahoma; three granddaughters, Tonya Jensen and husband, Craig of Pawnee, Oklahoma; Tammy Hixon and husband, Craig, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; Trisha Rieman and husband, Chad, of Cushing, Oklahoma; and one grandson, Taylor Haines and his wife, Deana, of Woodward, Oklahoma; six great-grandchildren, Natalie and Hadley Jensen, Cody and Trent Hixon, and Mason and Rhett Rieman; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Leslie and Dixie Stricker, Vernon and Lavoinne Stricker, and Wanda Stricker and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Woodward, Oklahoma. Burial will be at Fargo Cemetery, Fargo, Oklahoma, immediately following. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Billings Funeral Home, Woodward, Oklahoma.
The family of Violet Stricker expresses their sincere appreciation to Dr. Gene Evans, the Fairfax Community Hospital, Fairfax, Oklahoma, and Southern Oaks Living Center, Pawnee, Oklahoma for the loving care that she received during her final days.
Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com